Daily Haze: Derek Anderson in, Matt Leinart Out As Starting Quarterback
The good news for Larry Fitzgerald? It looks like the Arizona Cardinals finally have settled on a quarterback.
Matt Leinart was benched in favor of Derek Anderson for the Cards' third preseason game last week, a game which usually is handled as the dress rehearsal for the regular season. Leinart has been wholly ineffective this preseason and may finally have worn out his welcome in the desert.
It is a pretty grim outlook when you get passed on the depth chart by Anderson, a guy who was run out of Cleveland at the end of last season.
Strangely enough, I think the move is good news for wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. His stock, while still high, has been on shaky ground this offseason after losing Kurt Warner to retirement. Leinart's sloppy play has exacerbated Fitz's weak footing among fantasy circles this preseason.
Now it sounds like the wheels are in motion to move Leinart to another team, if there is a taker out there. And the possibility exists that if no one steps up to take on his services, Leinart could be cut from the team.
Anderson, while inaccurate at times, does have a strong arm, which means he can stretch the field. Fitzgerald is one of the best in the league at getting deep and making big catches, so he and Anderson should be able to hook up.
Leinart, meanwhile, showed both accuracy troubles and lack of strength on most of his passes this preseason. Leinart winning the starting job could have been the fantasy death blow to Fitzgerald's 2010 value.
Here are today's great reads:
- Good advice to read heading into the last weekend of the fantasy draft: Bad choices, better alternatives in each round of a fantasy draft. For all the love Aaron Rodgers has gotten this summer, I agree—he is a bad choice in the first round of a fantasy football draft [FanHouse].
- Rookie running backs have been given plenty of opportunities this summer. Ryan Mathews was handed the starting job in San Diego on draft day. C.J. Spiller took advantage of two injuries to move up the depth chart. And now Detroit's Jahvid Best is looking like a fantasy stud in waiting thanks to Kevin Smith's slow rehab from knee surgery [Roto Arcade].
- It is starting to get a little too late to buy low on Ahmad Bradshaw these days. In all the fantasy drafts I have done so far, he is coming off the board much higher than I anticipated going into the draft. I figure he got enough attention this preseason to warrant the high selection. Still, there are plenty of really good buy low candidates available in fantasy drafts this weekend [CBSSports.com].
- I was high on Jay Cutler coming into this season. With Mike Martz running the offense, I thought if nothing else, the Bears would pass a lot more, meaning more yardage and more chances for touchdowns passes. Well, so far in preseason, it looks like the 2009 version of the Bears. No blocking and Cutler chucking the ball all over the field without a care. Starting to doubt my Cutler love [National Football Post]!
- Lots of fantasy football goodness to read here if you have the time, including the ten commandments of fantasy football. I love the first one, which says you should consume as much fantasy football information as possible. Thanks for starting with The Hazean [SI.com]!
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